UPDATE: Chapters/Indigo Love of Reading Foundation fundraiser, Prince Charles School

Updated September 26, 2022—Good news, Chapters Belleville has announced it is doubling donations to support the book fundraiser for Prince Charles School in Belleville. Find out more an updated video by Alexandra Mills, the school library technician. Thank you to everyone who has already donated.


September 12, 2022—Students at Prince Charles School in Belleville are avid readers and they would love your help to expand their library.

The school was selected for the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Annual Adopt a School fundraiser. Every dollar raised in-store at Chapters/Indigo Belleville and online from September 12 – October 2, 2022 will directly support the school with new books.

Watch this brief YouTube video by Alexandra Mills, the library technician at PCB. Her enthusiasm for reading, the school and students is infectious!

How can you help?

It’s easy! You can contribute to this fundraiser three ways:

  1. “Round up” your purchase to the next dollar amount, with the difference accumulating for the school
  2. Donate a set amount when you make your purchase
  3. Donate online at the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

Donations will contribute to book purchases for a variety of ages and reading levels, enabling students of all ages and reading levels to explore and gain a love of reading.

Quinte Arts Council awards five HPEDSB students bursaries to support their post-secondary arts education

July 4, 2022—Every year, the Quinte Arts Council (QAC) awards six bursaries to students graduating from secondary schools in the Quinte region who are going on to study the arts at a university or college in Canada. This year HPEDSB students received five of the Bursaries for Graduating Students, which helps support the next generation of artists further their post-secondary education in the arts.

The HPEDSB recipients of the 2022 Graduating Student Bursaries are:

  • The Elaine A. Small Bursary: Neon Revell, is graduating from Bayside Secondary School and will be continuing on to Concordia in the fall to study Studio Art.
  • The Hugh P. O’Neil Bursary: Payton Denyes is graduating from Centennial Secondary School and will be attending Toronto Metropolitan University to study Media Production.
  • Susan Richardson Bursary: Anissa Nielsen is graduating from Centennial Secondary School and will attend Queen’s University with a Major in Biochemistry and a Minor in Music.
  • Quinte Arts Council Bursary: Gabrielle Edwards is graduating from Trenton High School and will attend Seneca College to take Acting for Camera and Voice.
  • Quinte Arts Council Bursary: Ryan Gray is graduating from Centennial Secondary School and will be attending Toronto Metropolitan University to take Media Production.

Congratulations to all of the bursary winners and best of luck with your studies in the fall!

Congratulations to scholarship winners from Eastside SS and North Hastings HS

June 29, 2022—Three HPEDSB secondary school students have been awarded sizeable scholarships to support their university educations when they head off to post-secondary school this fall.

Holly Morton from Eastside Secondary School has been awarded a Schulich Leaders scholarship for science at Western University.

Alisha Haseeb from Eastside Secondary School has been awarded a TD Community Leadership scholarship for her actions to aid her peers and community members who struggled with mental health during the pandemic.

Emma Dafoe from North Hastings High School has been awarded a Schulich Leaders scholarship for science at Queen University.

Congratulations to the three scholarship winners, best of luck with your studies in the fall!

Holly and Alisha at ESS
Alisha Haseeb and Holly Morton from Eastside Secondary School
Emma Dafoe from North Hastings High School


C.M.L. Snider School celebrates 100 years!

June 13, 2022—This past Saturday, June 11, C.M.L. Snider School in Wellington celebrated the school’s 100th anniversary with an open house, fun activities, historic artifacts and tasty treats, inviting students, their families and the community to join in the centennial celebration. Since the school opened in 1922, more than 30,000 students have attended C.M.L. Snider School from all over Prince Edward County.

Participants in the event commented on how much fun they had celebrating and exploring the school and how many welcome memories were brought back and shared with family and friends.

Congratulations, C.M.L. Snider School, on a century of education excellence!

CML Snider event program_jun22 (pdf)

Prince of Wales Public School awarded MusiCounts Band Aid Program grant

May 16, 2022—Prince of Wales Public School in Belleville has been awarded $12,000 in music equipment funding through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program.

This is the second time the school has applied for the grant and the first time Prince of Wales PS has received the MusicCounts funding, as one of 95 schools across Canada to receive support from MusiCounts music education charity.

The school is ordering 22 different Orff instruments, 25 coloured xylophones, class sets of boomwhackers, and a 3-octave marimba. Orff instruments are xylophone instruments that vary in size and pitch and that can be adapted to add or remove sound bars to adjust to the performer’s skill level of and to grow with them as they develop their musical ability.

“Orff ensembles give the students a chance to work as a group and continue to raise individuals’ musical experience. The entire group gains confidence and learns the importance of collaboration and trust,” shares Prince of Wales PS music teacher, Stan Claus. “Students will have the opportunity to try a variety of musical roles and learn that we are all equally important no matter the role we play in music and life. We have to rely on each other and learn to blend as a group. In my eyes, that is why ensemble playing is the most important part of forming musical growth, because we have to learn to communicate non-verbally and our growth relies purely on each other, so we have to learn how to celebrate each other’s accomplishments.”

Prince of Wales PS students are avid musicians, with Music Club being the first extracurricular club to restart once COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were reduced earlier this spring.  The new instruments will focus on preparing students for the Grade 6-8 instrumental program at the school, with the aim of sending as many students as possible off to secondary school with a solid foundation in instrumental music performance. All students from Grades 1 to 8, including students in the regional program, will have the opportunity to further develop their music skills using the new instruments.

The instruments will be received over the summer and be ready for students to begin using when classes resume in September 2022.

Mr Claus playing trombonePoW student playing keyboardPoW student playing hand drumsPoW student playing xylophonePoW students playing boomwhackersMr Claus in the music room

Eastside Secondary School hosting open house on May 26, 2022

May 13, 2022—Eastside Secondary School (ESS) is hosting an open house on Thursday, May 26 from 5:00-8:00PM. Participants are invited to enjoy dinner in the cafeteria and join in a wide variety of workshops that are planned during the open house, to showcase the sports, arts, science and technical opportunities available for ESS students.

ESS open house flyer (pdf)


Madoc Township PS Grade 4/5 Sweet Tweets bake sale a sweet success!

April 14, 2022—The Grade 4/5 students at Madoc Township Public School held a bake sale on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 as part of their class business, Sweet Tweets. With support from their families and teacher Angela Burr, the class created the Sweet Tweets business following a conversation about sales tax that led them to explore how tax is applied to goods and services in different ways, which in turn developed into learning more about businesses and how they function. Ms. Burr’s enquiry-based classroom model focuses on student lead learning and exploration.

“We were learning about taxes,” shared Mackenzie and Holden, class members. “We wanted to start a business where we don’t have to pay taxes, so we decided to donate the money we made.”

The students wrote persuasive letters to their families, school administrators and local businesses to solicit support. “We made letters to our families to get our parents to help us,” said Lily, one of the Grade 4/5 students. “They were really happy to help.”

The goal of  Sweet Tweets is to raise money for the local food bank, both with the bake sale and by selling trays of sweets to select local businesses.

The students liked the symmetry of selling food to raise money for food. Student Curtis said, “We figured donating to a food bank matched our food sales idea.”

All proceeds of the sales are being donated, so the class strategized ways to maximize profits while offering quality products to their customers and learned lots in the process. The class also branded their business with logoed t-shirts, business cards and treat boxes. To avoid reducing their profits, the class sold chocolate eggs in March to pay for the costs of creating the t-shirts and used a local business to print the shirts.

“We made a profit of 87 cents per egg,” stated Aubrey, “for a total profit of $211.”

“I got to make treats with my grandma and mom,” said Lachlan. “It’s great to see how many treats were brought in and how many people brought in money to buy them!”

The hard work put in by the class and their families certainly paid off, the bake sale and business trays were a huge success, with Sweet Tweets raising over $3,000 for the local food bank and the students learning lots about the many facets of operating a business.

Congratulations Sweet Tweets!


North Hastings High School student art featured in public exhibit

March 25, 2022—A Place for the Arts is hosting “Emerging (A)Vocations” at their Annex Gallery starting April 1, 2022, featuring the art of numerous students from North Hastings High School (NHHS) in Grades 9 to 12.

Andrew Edgar, Visual Arts teacher at NHHS, and show organizer, says students are encouraged to produce art that draws on techniques from the masters and they are encouraged to make art that communicates ideas, emotions, and comments on issues.

“Throughout this challenging year of dealing with a pandemic, the students of North Hastings High School  have risen to the occasion and demonstrated resilience by continuing to develop artistic skill sets while hoping to return to things set in place before the pandemic, regular school events and extracurriculars. The artworks presented in this show are from students, looking to their future, understanding the challenges of our recent collective past.”

– Exhibit Description from A Place for the Arts Gallery

The exhibit will run from April 1 until May 1, 2022, at the Annex Gallery on Bridge Street West, Bancroft.

Virtual Information Night for Queen Victoria School’s Adventure Class

February 22, 2022 – Parents/guardians and students are invited to attend a virtual information session about the primary and junior Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School for the 2022-2023 school year on Monday, March 7 from 6:00-7:00 PM.

Event link: meet.google.com/ipv-eebp-wfv 

About Adventure Class

The Adventure Class is for primary (Grades 1, 2, 3) and junior (Grades 4, 5, 6) students. The program emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning, real life discovery and integrated life skills. A lively mix of ages, academic levels, skills and interests is further enriched by family and community involvement. This class is offered at Queen Victoria School.

Adventure Class Brochure (pdf)

Find out more and get answers to your questions at the virtual Adventure Class Information Session on Monday, March 7 from 6:00-7:00 PM.

Register online for Adventure Class

Registrations are due to Queen Victoria School by Friday, March 11, 2022.

Skilled trades and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Interested in learning about the skilled trades for students? You’ve come to the right place.

Check out our 5 Reasons to be a(n) . . . posters. For more information, contact Sean Pudlis, OYAP Recruiter/Experiential Learning Coordinator [email protected]

Visit the www.skilledtradesontario.com website for everything related to skilled trades and apprenticeships in Ontario. Includes digital copies of Skills Log Books, information on Compulsory Trades, training standards, etc. Constantly being updated and will soon be the one stop shop for registering as an apprentice, booking in-school training, etc. as new functions are added to the website.

OYAP Eligibility Criteria

  • Student must be 15 years of age or older
  • Must have completed 14 credits
  • Must be registered full-time or part-time in Secondary School
  • Must complete a co-op placement in a Skilled Trade
5 Reasons to be an Agricultural Equipment Technician Agricultural Equipment Technician

Watch: Isaac explains the day-today diversity in his job  |  Bryan talks about the complex job tasks in his job

poster graphic Automotive Painter

Watch: Find out what Catherine enjoys in her job

poster graphic Automotive Service Technician

Watch: Alexis saw the opportunity to succeed in the skilled trades  |  Seaton explains why it’s more than just cars

poster graphic Brick and Stone Mason

Watch: Celeste talks about being a brick and stone mason apprentice  |  Matt discusses what he enjoys about masonry and bricklaying

poster graphic Chef

Watch: Chef Wallace discusses the different ways to be a chef

poster graphic Dozer Operator

Watch: Bulldozer operator, Larissa, talks about moving dirt and her apprenticeship process

poster graphic Drywaller

Watch: Nauman explains why he loves working in drywall

poster graphic Electrician

Watch: Ian enjoys the challenge of being an electrician due to technology  |  Chase is happy to have a secure future in his skilled trade

poster graphic Fitter

Watch: Matthew gets paid to play with fire everyday!

poster graphic General Carpenter

Watch: Andrea describes why she wanted to be a general carpenter apprentice  |  Jules discusses why carpentry is like a puzzle

poster graphic Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mechanic

Watch: Michael has advice for students looking to get into the skilled trades

poster graphic Mobile Crane Operator

Watch: Ben shares his path to becoming a crane operator


poster graphic Pastry Chef

Watch: Chelsea talks about how her industry is becoming more inclusive

poster graphic Plumber

Watch: Josh explains the benefits of being a plumber  |  Leah wanted to be a plumber after her high school co-op placement

poster graphic Powerline Technician

Watch: Steve likes the balance of mental and physical work in his job

poster graphic Tool and Die Maker

Watch: Lyndsay was inspired by her dad’s work ethic and entrepreneurship to get started in the skilled trades  |  Randy discusses misconceptions of the job

poster graphic Tower Crane Operator

Watch: Stefon operates and maintains a tower crane  | Kevin talks about the culture of safety

poster graphic Truck and Coach Technician

Watch: Alex likes the hands-on work she does  |  Jake explains what you need to be successful



The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education (co-op) program. OYAP is an extension of the traditional co-op program, providing additional opportunities for students who are completing co-op placement in skilled trades.

Students may have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas. Students in a co-op who complete their placement in a skilled trade are required to be registered in OYAP.

Various OYAP programs are available in all HPEDSB secondary schools. OYAP can provide funding for registered students for travel, PPE and specialized training/certification required for their placement. The program is funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) with the sole purpose of increasing young peoples’ interest and opportunities to enter the skilled trades through apprenticeship.

DYK . . . HPEDSB averages over 1,000 co-op placements per school year?

Benefits of OYAP for students

  • Provides an opportunity to experience the skilled trades
  • Earn co-op credits, which are counted toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Use co-op hours for apprenticeship hours, graduating from secondary school with apprenticeship hours already accumulated 
  • Complete Level 1 In-School portion of apprenticeship during secondary school, when available
  • Get a head start on a career in the skilled trades by starting the apprenticeship journey while still in secondary school
  • Can sign a Registered Training Agreement (RTA) while still in secondary school, and become a registered apprentice before graduation

Benefits of OYAP to employers

  • Provides students with an opportunity to experience the skilled trades
  • Offers the opportunity to train potential future employees with no up-front costs (co-op placements are not paid)
  • Engage with potential employees  prior to hiring them full-time; if they don’t work out, there is no cost to the employer (training, PPE, etc., can be paid by OYAP)
  • Scout a great employee and potential apprentice who can be signed on before they graduate, guaranteeing a solid candidate coming directly to work after graduation
  • OYAP students who received their Level 1 during secondary school won’t have to leave the workplace for schooling in the first years of employment because Level 1 is already complete
  • The co-op program generally requires prior knowledge obtained through an applicable high school course in order to participate, therefore many co-op students participating in OYAP have previous experience related to their placement (e.g., students in a construction placement have previously taken woodshop courses, students in a garage have taken transportation, students in a restaurant as aspiring chefs or bakers have taken hospitality and tourism food courses)

For more information, contact:

Sean Pudlis, OYAP Recruiter/Experiential Learning Coordinator [email protected]

Curriculum Services [email protected]

Employment Ontario This program is funded by the Ontario Government through Employment Ontario.


French Immersion

French immersion information

In the HPEDSB elementary French Immersion program, students are taught French as a subject and French serves as the language of instruction in two or more other subjects.

Academic and Applied courses in French Immersion are available in Grades 9 and 10, and university preparation and open courses in Grades 11 and 12.

In the French Immersion program, students accumulate 10 credits in French: four are for French as a Second Language courses; six are for other subjects in which French is the language of instruction. Students who successfully complete their 10 credits receive a French Immersion certificate.


French Immersion links and resources


The French Immersion program is offered at the following elementary schools:

Extended French

The Extended French Program is available at York River Public School to students in grades 5 – 8 who have an interest in extending their learning of French as a second language. Visit our Extended French Program page for more information.

Secondary School French Immersion

When transitioning to Grade 9, there are several secondary school French language options from which students may choose, including the French Immersion program at Bayside Secondary School. Visit our Secondary School French Programs page for more information.

View all programs


Frequently asked questions about French Immersion


CBC Music Class Challenge: Sophiasburg Central School – Small but Mighty

December 6, 2021—This September, the Sophiasburg Central School Grade 7/8 class received new ukeleles through the fund-raising efforts of their school council. Weeks later, music teacher Misu Burns registered the class to participate in the CBC Music Class Challenge performing Ginalina’s “Small But Mighty”.

Enlisting support from Grade 3/4 teacher Sam Hirst and student father Caleb Hutton at Back 40 Productions, Burns’ small team took on the large job of creating a video entry for the contest, while following all necessary COVID-19 safety protocols.

Hirst also taught her class sign language, which accompanies the singers in the video. Burns taught the other participating classes a combination of singing, playing ukulele and movement.

“Learning Ginalina’s Small But Mighty for the CBC Music Class Challenge was indeed a challenge,” shared Burns, “but it also proved to be very rewarding, as the students improved with each class and all their hard work really paid off. Our school may be small but we are mighty in heart and spirit!”

The CBC Music Class Challenge 2021 Top Tens in all categories will be announced on Tuesday, December 7. Winners will be declared on Tuesday, December 14.

Centennial Secondary Arts Program virtual information night November 25

November 22, 2021–At 6:00 PM on Thursday, November 25, Centennial Secondary School is hosting a virtual information night about the CSS Arts Program. All are welcome to attend to learn more about the program.

Centennial Secondary’s Arts Program is an enriched program for young artists who want to be surrounded with like-minded thinkers to further develop and pursue a variety of arts skills. The Arts Program is a unique, full-year program that integrates multiple arts: Drama, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, and Visual Arts. Students will focus on one of the four arts disciplines, which will be deemed their “Major”, and will have the opportunity to experience all four arts disciplines, culminating with an integrated, collaborative project.

Virtual Information Night: Thursday November 25th @ 6 PM  meet.google.com/ket-xase-yqy

CSS Arts Program Poster

Foundations and International Baccalaureate Virtual Information Night

October 21, 2021—Eastside Secondary School is hosting a virtual information night for families interested in learning more about the Foundations and International Baccalaureate Programmes offered at the school. Both programs offer enriched courses that combine classroom and experiential learning.

  • The Foundations Programme is for students in Grades 9 and 10
  • The International Baccalaureate Programme is for students in Grades 11 and 12

The virtual information night takes place Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 6:00 PM on Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/new-qsgu-trf

IB night poster

Virtual Grade 9 math destreaming information night for families

September 22, 2021

On Tuesday, September 28 at 6:00 PM, HPE Schools families are invited to participate in a virtual information session to uncover the importance of destreaming and how it will impact secondary school students. While the information session is targeted to Grade 9 students, any families wishing to learn more about destreaming are welcome to attend.

The information session features a special guest host, Jason To, a high school mathematics teacher, who serves as a Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics for the Toronto District School Board supporting inclusive math education with a focus on destreaming. In the virtual information session, Jason will explore the new Ontario Grade 9 destreamed math curriculum with families and answer their questions.

To receive a link to the information session, please RSVP by September 26 at https://bit.ly/3tDLtxo

Poster promoting destreaming session

K-12 Central Hastings School opens to 800 students

September 7, 2021—The start of a new school year is always filled with anticipation and excitement. This year that is especially true for students, families and staff in Central Hastings communities.

On September 7, 2021 the newly-named Central Hastings School opened as a K-12 school. This revitalized learning environment amalgamates two schools: Madoc Public School, which closed at the end of June 2021, and Centre Hastings Secondary School, which served students in Grades 9-12. CHS enrolment is presently at 800 students.

“We are pleased and excited to be able to start our new school year in this beautifully renovated space. The staff of CHS are ready to welcome students back to in-person learning in our new K-12 school,” said Katherine MacIver, Director of Education.

In March 2018, HPEDSB received $5.8 million in Ministry of Education funding, with an additional $2.7 million in April 2020, to consolidate Madoc Public School and Centre Hastings Secondary School to create a K-12 school. 

The project involved constructing a two-room Kindergarten addition, as well as renovations within the school and improvements to the school grounds. 

Principals Kim Reid and Dayna Scaletta, both of whom were at the two schools previously and are well-known in the community, will share responsibility for leading this school year. 

All CHS staff are excited to work together to support students from the Central Hastings area in the new and improved school.

school entrance
The front entrance is welcoming to all!

Learning Commons
The Learning Commons has cozy chairs and a fireplace where students can study and mingle at a safe distance.

outside view of Kindergarten addition
The outside of the new two-room Kindergarten addition.

buddy bench in JK play area
A buddy bench adds to the inclusive atmosphere in the JK play yard

cubbies in a JK classroom
The JK classrooms include cubbies for each student.

JK classroom play station
 JK students are encouraged to ‘pump and play’ at stations in the classroom.
stairwell multiplication
Stairwells include colourful numeracy blocks.


stairwell literacy
These stairs illustrate numeracy blocks, percentages and more!

school t-shirt
Every CHS student and staff member received a school T-shirt.

Junior classroom
This Grade 4 classroom is set up for student success!

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) serves approximately 14,700 students each day at 39 in-person schools (32 elementary, two K-12; four 7-12, one secondary) and a K-10 virtual school. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a geographic area of 7,220 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications and Privacy Manager, 613-966-1170, extension 62354, or 613-847-0696, or [email protected]

Tweed Elementary Grade 8 students share flowers and happiness with Moira Place residents

July 5, 2021
A school is so much more than the learning that takes place in classrooms. It is a community hub. A place where friendships are developed, families are connected, and students are taught the value of being involved with the community and the world around them.
On June 23, 2021, Mrs. Alexander’s Grade 8 students joined Dahlia May Flower Farm to deliver bouquets of fresh flowers to seniors at Moira Place — free of charge.
Watching students help unload the crates of flowers, talk with residents and staff of the long term care home and show their care and commitment was very heart warming. We are so proud of the students of Tweed Elementary School for becoming involved in our broader community this year. Although the past year and a half of school has been challenging, students all over HPEDSB have found ways to show care and support during times of need.
A special thank you to T.E.S. families for their support with this project, Melanie from Dahlia May flower farm for creating the non-profit Flowers for Care program, and Alison Masemann from CBC’s The Current for covering this story in a feature article.

Art In The Pandemic: HPEDSB Secondary Virtual Arts Show happening June 17 at 6:30 PM

June 10, 2021

Many secondary student artists from across our school board will be celebrated next week for their outstanding creations this school year. 

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) will host the first ever Virtual Secondary Arts Show, titled “Art in the Pandemic” on Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 PM. The traditional Secondary Arts Show would have seen its 32nd annual gallery event last spring, with a showcase of exceptional student artwork displayed at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery in the Belleville Public Library. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was unfortunately cancelled. 

This year, in an effort to get ahead of the uncertainty of pandemic restrictions, a small committee decided early in 2021 to plan for a virtual arts show this year. The theme “Art in the Pandemic” was chosen to encompass both artwork that is directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also includes artwork that was created during this unique school year. This year’s virtual event will be livestreamed on the board YouTube channel, showcasing student artwork in a video format.

We extend an open invitation to our HPEDSB community members and hope that you can join us as we celebrate and appreciate the outstanding artwork of our secondary student artists!

When? Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 PM

Where? https://bit.ly/VirtalArtShow

Secondary Student Virtual Art Show Poster

Congratulations Matt Ronan, recipient of prestigious Joanne Twist Award

May 19, 2021—Matt Ronan, Teacher and Guidance leader, is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Guidance Leadership Association‘s prestigious Joanne Twist Award.

The award was established in honour of Joanne Twist and is presented annually to an Ontario educator who best exemplifies contributions as an advocate for Guidance programming in secondary schools. Joanne Twist provided many years of important leadership in the field of Guidance in Ontario. She demonstrated the vision that a skilled, informed, compassionate Guidance teacher can have the most profound effect on both the student and the education system. She modeled principled leadership based on coordinating and facilitating, always focused on team contributions, bringing together and motivating people with her expertise, sincerity, passion and energy.

Matt Ronan

Matt Ronan has been an advocate for student success throughout his career in a variety of roles, including classroom teacher, teaching at SHAPE (alternative education program that assists students to attain credits when the traditional high school setting is not working for them), collaborating with Loyalist College to establish dual credit programs, and Head of Guidance at several high schools.

Most recently, Ronan took on the ambitious role of guidance leadership to support the roll-out of a new HPEDSB virtual school. His vision and implementation of Guidance work with the creation of the virtual school was invaluable. When learning new platforms, instituting new practices, implementing new curriculum or guiding documents, Ronan collaborated across the school system, connecting with other Guidance leaders to seek advice and provide support.

Congratulations, Matt, on this incredible accomplishment and thank you for your dedication to HPEDSB students!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170, extension 62354, or 613-847-0696, [email protected]

Congratulations to Skills Ontario competitors from BSS and PECI

May 13, 2021

After being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Skills Ontario Competition was held virtually this year, with students competing in various categories from mid-April to May. Today, the awards and closing ceremonies marked the end of the 2021 competition. Although no awards were taken home this year, students from two HPEDSB secondary schools participated in the competition and are recognized for their efforts and dedication, performing admirably despite the challenges of preparing for the competition during the suspension of in-person learning.

From Bayside Secondary School, under the guidance of teacher Mark Adams:

  • Raina Bernard & Addyson Stewart – 2D Character Animation team of 2
  • Alicia Cannon & Ashdenn Mitchell-Bingley – 2D Character Animation team of 2
  • Joey Clark – Graphic Design Presentation
  • Alexander Collins – Photography
  • Olivia Luong – Photography

From Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, under the guidance of teacher Hillary Ann Clarke:

  • Tekla Petit – Photography

Congratulations to the teachers and students who participated in this year’s Skills Ontario Competition. We’re proud of you!

The Virtual Skills Ontario Showcase and Closing Ceremonies will be available to view for the next 90 days on the Skills Ontario website.

HPEDSB Students win big in this year’s virtual QRSTF Science Fair

QRSTF Press release (pdf) 

Welcome to the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair 2021, Virtual Edition!

Students have uploaded videos explaining their work along with slide shows, pictures and
graphics all displayed in a slick interface that allows easy access to all elements of their projects.
In addition, they were each interviewed by telephone.

And it was a real test of perseverance to not only complete a science project but also to
navigate a cranky new registration system. So… accolades go to all who managed to complete
and upload their great displays. Congratulations also to Youth Science Canada for the provision
of the truly great online platform used by the participants.

This year we had a large pool of experienced enthusiastic judges, including his Worship Mayor
Mitch Panciuk, examine the projects. They had difficult decisions to make.
There were a lot of prizes and special awards that were available due to the generosity of local
individuals and businesses. They continue to provide opportunities for our amazing students to
display their creativity and brilliance. Projects can be viewed at
https://projectboard.world/ysc/regional and select Quinte.

The results of this Saturdays judging follow:
Best in Grade 4: Free Fall Balloons, Ares Worsley, Bird’s Creek Public School, Grade 4
Best in Grade 5: Masking More Than Just Germs, Emily Hudacin, Harmony P.S. Grade 5
Best in Grade 6: Snowbot Surya Narayan Santhakumar – HPE Virtual School Grade 6
Best in Grade 7: The Study of How Students Learn Best – Luisa McGilly, Taguen Tsokos – St. Paul Catholic S.S. Grade 7
Best in Grade 8: MENTAL LOOP: Mental Health during the Pandemic -Emma Cribby – St. Joseph Catholic School Grade 8
Best in Grades 9-12: The Increased Concussion Risk of the Dehydrated Brain – Jay Solomon – Eastside Secondary School – Grade 10
Best in Fair Junior: Snowbot Surya Narayan Santhakumar – HPEDSB Virtual School Grade 6
Best in Fair Intermediate: MENTAL LOOP: Mental Health during the Pandemic -Emma Cribby – St. Joseph Catholic School Grade 8
Best in Fair Senior: The Increased Concussion Risk of the Dehydrated Brain – Jay Solomon – Eastside Secondary School – Grade 10

“The students continue to impress us every year”, stated Scott Berry, co-chair of QRSTF, “with their well-done projects and scientific research. We look forward to our in-person science fair next year at Loyalist College.”

Five students from our area will compete in this years Canada Wide Science Fair to be held virtually this year. From May 17-21 there will be a series of activities culminating in a competition for almost one million dollars in prize money. The Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) is the country’s largest annual youth science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event, bringing together top young scientists and their projects, selected from our national network of over 100 regional STEM fairs in every province and territory.

The students who are competing at the CWSF this year are:

  1. The Increased Concussion Risk of the Dehydrated Brain   –  Jay Solomon  – Eastside Secondary School – Grade 10
  2. Fire Feuds – Fire vs Liquids  –  Nina Graciano  – HPEDSB  Virtual School – Grade 8
  3. The Study of How Students Learn Best –-Luisa McGilly, Taguen Tsokos – St. Paul Catholic S.S. Grade 7
  4. MENTAL LOOP: Mental Health during the Pandemic  – Emma Cribby – St. Joseph Catholic School Grade 8

Our awards presentation was displayed online on our social media platforms and on our website at www.qrstf.ca

We would like to thank all our sponsors, teachers, parents, judges, participants and the QRSTF committee for putting on an overwhelmingly successful science fair.

QRSTF Committee

Madoc Township PS Grade 4 students share their #perfectlyoriginal photos

April 6, 2021

Perfectly original photos

In a recent media literacy unit, the Grade 4 class at Madoc Township Public School studied advertising and media strategies, with a focus on the images of people used in promotions. As students thought critically about the content, they began to draw connections between those depictions and themselves. The concept for the #perfectlyoriginal project began when a 9-year-old student asked, “Why don’t we use everyday people or regular people in the media?”

After further thought, she continued, “They are all regular people and editing makes them not regular.”

These ideas launched a deeper examination of how the media’s idealized portrayal of people negatively impacts the self-esteem of viewers who feel they are not as perfect as the images they see. What began as an analysis of how people are portrayed in the media, evolved into something much bigger than a simple lesson; students’ desire to share the message of loving yourself for who you are.

The class spent some time examining The Dove Real Beauty Pledge, a campaign by Dove, the personal care products company. Dove’s website states, “At Dove, we believe no young person should be held back from reaching their full potential. However, low body confidence and anxieties over appearance stop young people from being their best selves, affecting their health, friendships and even performance at school.”

This statement prompted another student to ask, “Aren’t we perfect just the way we are?”

The class agreed that the student was 100 percent correct. We are all perfect just the way we are. Keeping this in mind, they enthusiastically began a fun, unique project to promote positive self-esteem, individualism and the belief that there is nothing wrong with being yourself.

Teacher Angela Burr asked local professional photographer Shannon Cassidy, from Brome & Timothy Photography, to visit the classroom and photograph each student #editfree. Students took time to consider the features they found beautiful about themselves. With these thoughts as guidance, they designed their own photo shoot using props and handwritten cards with #hashtags they felt best represented them. Students felt vulnerable but also strong and empowered, as they saw themselves through a different lens being “#perfectlyoriginal”.

“Our project was a great learning experience, reinforcing that we can always accept ourselves as being perfect just the way we are,” said Burr. “We hope that others will enjoy the beauty of our #editfree photos and share their own pictures to build on the message that each of us is #perfectlyoriginal,” she added.

When asked what they took away from the project, students shared the following statements about their learning and new outlook:

“I am perfect just the way I am, and I feel good about who I am without being edited.”

“I learned about my true natural self.”

“Everyone is beautiful just the way they are.”

“I don’t need to change one thing about me.”

“Don’t judge yourself; you just need love yourself.”

“I am proud of what I see.”

“I learned I should love myself just the way I am.”

“Don’t be scared to be different; it’s good to be different.”

“I am beautiful just the way I am, and I do love myself. It’s true, I love my inside and out.”

Madoc Township Public School serves approximately 140 students from JK-Grade 8. It is situated in the picturesque, rural community of Madoc Township, and is surrounded by fields, farms and wetlands. It has a large playground, with a running track, soccer fields, ball diamonds and play structures. The school motto, “Friendship and Learning” is apparent every day in an environment where the focus is on high expectations for student learning and the HPEDSB Growing with Character attributes of caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.



Quinte Adult Education Dual Highschool/College Credit Course Begins March 23

March 2, 2021 – Adult Education Students: Get a head start on college by doing a dual credit! Earn a high school credit AND a college credit from Loyalist College.

Course: Portfolio for Lifelong Learning – The portfolio for lifelong learning has many benefits, such as better adaptation to change and improved opportunities for employment and personal enrichment. This course will introduce learners to reflective practices as they relate to portfolio development and lifelong, life-wide learning. Learners will also develop an understanding of the various types of portfolios, their uses and the process for developing them.

Course runs March 23 to May 18, 2021

Tuesday and Thursday → 6pm to 9pm

Benefits of taking a dual credit: 

  • Get a sense of expectations of a college credit, ease transition
  • Access to learning sessions around pertinent topics such as OSAP
  • Fee for college application is waived
  • No cost to students

For more information, please contact Christine at [email protected]

Student Leadership Program Info Night, February 16, 2021

February 3, 2021—The Student Leadership Program (Pdf) is for students in Grade 7 and 8 to gain valuable leadership skills through inquiry based learning. The SLP challenges students to develop their leadership skills on a school community and global platform.

Parents and students are invited to a virtual information night.


DATE: Tuesday, February 16 , 2021
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


About the Student Leadership Program
The Student Leadership Program is for students in Grade 7 and 8 to gain valuable leadership skills through inquiry based learning.

The SLP challenges students to develop their leadership skills on a school community and global platform. The SLP students will enhance their skills and knowledge by participating in a variety of workshops and certificate programs.

Learn more about the Student Leadership Program. Registration is required by Friday, February 26, 2021.

Program and registration questions:

  • Principal at Queen Elizabeth School, 613-968-9173, queeneb.hpedsb.on.ca

Foxboro Public School wins Silver medal and advances to the Championship round in the Skills Ontario Paper Glider Competition

January 25, 2021

Foxboro Public School received the following notice last week that students who participated in the Skills Ontario Paper Glider Competition 2020-21 won Silver in the Eastern Region competition and will be advancing to the Championship round in February. Congratulations to all the students and staff who worked on this project!

Excerpt from Skills Ontario letter to Foxboro PS:

Congratulations! On behalf of Skills Ontario, we are pleased to inform you that the submission from your school, FOXBORO PUBLIC SCHOOL for the Skills Ontario Paper Glider Competition 2020-21 has won the SILVER medal at the regional level of the competition from Eastern Region. All winners were announced on Thursday Jan 21, 2021. To view the announcement, visit: https://youtu.be/Jt3kVA1OlDw.

The team will now be advancing to the Championship round and compete against medalists from all the regions at elementary level. In this round, the submissions will be graded on how much weight their plane can hold. We are now tasking the students to test their plane’s strength by adding coins to their glider as weights. They are free to use their existing plane OR make a new one.

More details on this announcement will be communicated closer to the announcement date.

Bayside Secondary School Virtual Grade 8 Information Nights on January 13 & 20

Bayside Secondary School will be hosting two virtual Grade 8 information night for Bayside families.

Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 PM (online) – English Program Information Night for Stirling PS, Frankford PS and other feeder school families.

Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 PM (online) – French Immersion Program Information Night for Bayside PS and Harry J. Clarke families.

If you are interested in attending either of these information sessions via Google Meet, please email Jessica Francis at [email protected] to register. The sessions will also be recorded and posted on the school website.

Grade 8 Virtual Information Night for Centre Hastings Secondary School on December 16, 2020.

December 7, 2020 – On Wednesday, December 16, Centre Hastings Secondary School is hosting an online grade 8 information night and virtual school tour from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. During the information night, there will be the opportunity for parents and students to ask questions using Google Meet.

For those unable to make the December meeting, a recording of the virtual tour and parent information are available on the school website.

CHSS information night flyer

EVENT: Foundations and International Baccalaureate virtual information night November 26

Foundations and IB information night posterNovember 4, 2020—On Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 6:00 PM, Eastside Secondary School is hosting a virtual session to share information about the Foundations and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

All are welcome to participate in this Google Meet virtual session at 6:00 PM on Thursday, November 26, 2020.

To learn more before attending the information session, please watch the video created by Eastside Secondary students to get an overview of the IB program and the reasons they recommend it to other students.

For information, contact:
Janeen Ferriss, [email protected], 613-962-8668



Celebrating Treaties Recognition Week, November 2-6 2020

November 2, 2020—November 2-6, 2020 is recognized as Treaties Recognition Week.

During Treaties Recognition Week, schools are encouraged to connect learning to this important part of history. Although most will see the connections in the Social Studies, History and Geography curriculum areas, many other subjects connect, such as Science, Math, Art, Computers and literacy areas.

Check out this online presentation to learn more.

In 2016, the Government of Ontario declared the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week.

Thank you to Quantum Quinte for water bottles for students

September 18, 2020—A big thank you to community partners Belleville Youth Centre and Quantum for donating water bottles to Belleville schools.

Wanting to do something for youth who are returning to school during the pandemic, the agencies showed how much they care by purchasing the water bottles using their limited financial resources.

“We decided to purchase water bottles, knowing that every student is required to bring one. Our budget doesn’t allow us to give one for every student. These can be used as an emergency supply for schools to keep on-hand and give out as needed,” said Peter Gabriel, Quantum Supervisor.

Ten schools each received 50 water bottles.

Below: School administrators are pictured with Quantum staff Vicky MacDonald and Holly Read-Fleming, Youth Workers and Peter Gabriel, Youth Services Coordinator.

Water Bottle Presentations at Belleville Schools

picture at Centennial SS
Centennial Secondary School

picture at Harry J Clarke PS
Harry J. Clarke Public School

picture at Park Dale School
Park Dale School

picture at Prince of Wales PS
Prince of Wales Public School

picture at Prince Charles School (Belleville)
Prince Charles School (Belleville)

picture at Queen Elizabeth School
Queen Elizabeth School

picture at Sir John A. Macdonald School
Sir John A. Macdonald School

picture at Susanna Moodie Elementary School
Susanna Moodie Elementary School



$1,000 scholarship for three years to Trenton HS student

June 29, 2020—Congratulations to Amy Hookimaw, a student at Trenton High School who is one of five recipients of the Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship through the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

The $1,000 scholarship is being awarded to one recipient in each of OPSBA’s five regions, for three school years: 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

Scholarship recipients are students of strong character, leadership skills and potential, who care deeply about their communities and furthering their own learning.

More information about this scholarship

The funds were established from an organization with a core purpose to determine values for properties, which is the foundation for our property tax system in Ontario. This scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing an apprenticeship in the trades, more particularly the building trades, such as HVAC, carpenter, plumber or other property building trade.

Interested students should write a brief statement on why they are pursuing the building trades as an area of study, how the funds would assist them in pursuing this career and how they intend to give back to the community.

Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, [email protected], 613.966.1170, extension 62354

$80,000 university scholarship for North Hastings HS student

June 25, 2020—Congratulations to Jessie Ritter, a Grade 12 student from North Hastings High School received one of the best gifts ever: an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Toronto–Mississauga.

Ritter was selected by for her outstanding academic achievements and is the first NHHS student to receive Schulich Leader Scholarship.

Given the unparalleled current disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a much greater need for students to get financial support in order to pursue post-secondary education. This year, The Schulich Foundation awarded an additional 50 scholarships, for a total of 100.

The scholarship is a game-changer for Ritter. “This changes everything for me. I wasn’t going to go to university in the fall for financial reasons. Now I can actually go and I don’t have to stay behind and work to make enough money to go to university.  It was wonderful to find out this news! I got the news by email, and I thought that it was a mistake. I had to email them back to ask a couple of questions and they told me that it was in fact, very real. My parents are also very excited about this news. This scholarship will give me the financial means to get an education at one of the best universities in Canada and I for this I feel truly blessed,” said Ritter.

The NHHS principal, Wayne Stewart agrees. “This is absolutely wonderful news for Jessie and her family, as well as for our school and the community. It shows our students that if you work hard, and you are committed and passionate about learning, great, life-changing, positive things can happen. Jessie is an absolutely exemplary student which is the number one reason she won this scholarship. She is also a wonderful person and is liked by everyone. At NHHS, we are so proud of what Jessie has accomplished and we are excited to see what the future will bring for this remarkable young woman,” said Stewart.

North Hastings High School is  located in Bancroft, Ontario and serves approximately 500 students in Grades 7-12. NHHS offers specialized 4-credit courses which allow students to learn principles of resource management and environmental studies, which help them to gain employment in resource-based careers.

Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, [email protected], 613.966.1170, extension 62354

Music to their ears: $5,000 for Stirling PS to purchase guitars

June 5, 2020—It’s music to their ears at Stirling Public School! It was awarded a $5,000 grand prize to purchase guitars through the OTIP School Projects and Initiatives Program.

Watch this short YouTube video of the submisison.

According to Susan Carleton-Maines, Principal, “This is something that Lisa Hill started when she taught guitar to students last year one period a week. She had a class set of guitars and the students loved it. Now, we can carry on what she started!”

The intention is for interested staff members to be able to access these guitars to teach basic skills to their class and even learn alongside them!

Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

Looking for a COVID-19 mask? PECI has you covered

image of the Panther face maskJune 5, 2020—Students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute care about their community and are demonstrating their entrepreneurship.

The PECI Make Poverty History Club is selling Panther Pride fabric (non-medical) face masks as its latest #OneTeam fundraising project. Their efforts are to help to flatten the local COVID-19 infection curve, protect vulnerable people in our community and raise money for the local food banks.

Masks are $15  or two for $25. They are Canadian-sourced, made of anti-microbial, hypoallergenic microfibre and feature an around-the ear design, with a soft polyester lycra binding and a comfortable fabric area 5” x 7” in size. All masks are colour sublimated in PECI garnet and feature the distinctive Panther logo.

Historically, the Make Poverty History Club has raised funds to support a range of initiatives, from  helping Kenyan villages to become self-sustainable, to raising awareness about equity issues worldwide. Working in concert with the PECI Environment and GSA clubs as The Justice League, their goal is to promote social and environmental justice at home and abroad. This is no small task, but these Panthers are up to the challenge!

This year, that challenge has a local focus. Club mentor and teacher Marian Moon said, “With or without the need for volunteer hours, this core group is driven to serve its community—to make a difference. Given the current situation with the pandemic, it just made sense for us to address food security issues here in The County for this year’s keystone project.”

Teacher Janet Curran added, “PECI is, and always has been, a community school. It’s more important than ever that our students have a sense of agency, that they know they are not helpless in the face of a crisis. Through this project, they have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding that community means more than a physical building where our classes take place.”

All profits will be donated to the Wellington Storehouse and Picton United Church Food Banks. Delivery is expected within the next few weeks and orders are being taken now.

To place an order for one or more PECI Panther #OneTeam face masks, please contact Marian Moon, [email protected]


Going into the trades? Apply for the OPSBA Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship

May 12, 2020—Grade 12 students, if you’re graduating in June 2020 and going into the trades, consider applying for the OPSBA Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship.

The Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to one recipient of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association’s (OPSBA’s) Eastern Region. Scholarship recipients are students of strong character, leadership skills and potential, who care deeply about their communities and furthering their own learning. Read more in this PDF.

Please send your package in PDF format to David Shields, Eastern Regional Chair at [email protected] by June 1, 2020.

More information about this scholarship

The funds were established from an organization with a core purpose to determine values for properties, which is the foundation for our property tax system in Ontario. This scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing an apprenticeship in the trades, more particularly the building trades, such as HVAC, carpenter, plumber or other property building trade.

Interested students should write a brief statement on why they are pursuing the building trades as an area of study, how the funds would assist them in pursuing this career and how they intend to give back to the community.




“I Read Canadian” is being celebrated at HPEDSB schools

I Read Canadian logoFebruary 18, 2020—Tomorrow, February 19, 2020, is I Read Canadian Day and several HPEDSB schools are participating.

I Read Canadian Day is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people.  This is a day dedicated to reading Canadian and encourages schools, libraries and organizations to host local activities and events within the week.

HPEDSB schools are hosting author visits and putting Canadian books on display in libraries. All are challenged to read Canadian for 15 minutes.

HPEDSB participating schools

  • Bayside Secondary School
  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Eastside Secondary School
  • Foxboro Public School
  • Frankford Public School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • Madoc Public School
  • Marmora Public School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  • Queen Victoria School
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Public School
  • Sophiasburgh Central School
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • Tyendinaga Public School
  • V.P. Carswell Elementary School

For more information, please contact
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

How this teacher and students helped people quarantined at CFB Trenton

group photo at Chapters with books on a cart
James Flanagan (left) worked with Chapters (Belleville) to get books for all ages to people in quarantine at CFB Trenton due to coronavirus.

February 13, 2020—It didn’t take long for James Flanagan and students to spring into action with an idea for a book drive. Flanagan is a teacher at Centre Hastings Secondary School and wanted to do something to help the people in quarantine at CFB Trenton due to coronavirus.

His first idea to donate used books needed a bit of adjustment due to the possibility of contamination. That didn’t stop him. He contacted Chapters (Belleville) to explore options.

The result? A donation of 91 books for all ages. Flanagan picked them up and delivered on February 12, 2020.

Thank you to James and Chapters (Belleville) for their caring actions.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]


What book will be selected as Picture Book of the Year?

picture book bulletin board display
The Picture Book Challenge is underway at Prince Charles Public School in Trenton. The Elite 8 books will be narrowed down to the Final 4 and ultimately to our Finalist for PCT Picture Book of the Year.

January 20, 2020—With Family Literacy Day just around the corner (it is recognized on January 27 each year), students at Prince Charles Public School in Trenton are getting ready for the Picture Book Challenge.

Planned by Library Technician Andrea MacDonald, this event involve students in K-6 as a way to celebrate literacy and introduce students of all ages to a variety of texts in the library.

MacDonald selected the 16 books and has paired them up to be voted on. The Elite 8 will be narrowed down to the Final 4 and ultimately to our Finalist for PCT Picture Book of the Year.

Guest readers will be at the school on Family Literacy Day, Monday, January 27, 2020 to read with students.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

What’s common among animals, wildfires and a bake sale at Harmony Public School?

January 20, 2020—What do animals, wildfires and a bake sale have in common? They led to Grade 5 students raising money to make a difference for animals in Australia.

Students in Andrea Bird’s class at Harmony Public School heard about the devastation and wanted to make a difference. They held an in-school bake sale, complete with koala-decorated cookies, cupcakes and brownies and made 130  koala bookmarks.

The entrepreneurial students raised $1,273.25 during their lunch time which will be donated to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Foundation.

Read more online at The Intelligencer.

Harmony PS students fundraise for Australia wildlife
When Andrea Bird’s fifth grade class heard about the animals impacted by the Australian wildfires, they were determined to make a difference.

Harmony PS students fundraise for Australia wildlife
Koala sugar cookies, cupcakes, and brownies were just some of the cornucopia of baked goods available to students and staff Friday.

Harmony PS students fundraise for Australia wildlife
Students made about 130 koala bookmarks to sell at the bake sale.

Harmony PS students fundraise for Australia wildlife
Bird and her students raised $1,273.25 over the course of their lunch period which will be donated to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide foundation.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

EVENT: Foundations Day for Grade 7 and 8 Students, Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Foundations Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme provide an enriching education environment that stimulates curiosity and fosters a spirit of discover and an Foundations Day at ESSenjoyment of learning.

DATE: Thursday, January 30, 2020
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/rno4l7c

The Foundations Day (Pdf) is geared toward Grade 7 and 8 students interested in exploring the Foundations Programme and the International Baccalaureate Programme. Some of the activities of the day will include Science Olympics, 3D printing, history exploration, languages, math challenges and theory of knowledge.

All Grade 7 and 8 students are welcome to attend. Please note that transportation is not provided for this event.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]


Harry J. Clarke PS choir performed at the Annual Board Meeting

December 9, 2019—At the Annual Board Meeting this evening, Kaina Andrews, Superintendent of Education, introduced Gavin Foster, Teacher and Choir Director, Harry J. Clarke Public School. Over 20 students in the Junior Choir sang three songs (Jingle Bell Rock, Feliz Navidad and A New Year Carol), followed by three more with everyone in the room joining in (Santa Claus is Coming to Town, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Jingle Bells). Gavin also sang one on his own, A Child Just Like You,  as a tribute to students.

group photo of choir at Board meeting
Students in Junior Choir, Harry J. Clarke Public School performed at the Annual Board meeting on December 9, 2019.

Thank you to teachers Gavin Foster and Sharon Richardson, and students: Alyssa Barnes, Lyla Bessin-Holt, Marley Bessin-Holt, Liam Brinklow, Emma Cooney, Raelyn Davidson, Chloe Dunlop, Isabella Eigenbrood, Lena Geitner, Addison Harrow, Ella Harrow, Marlie Hannah, Lila Impey, Maelyn Jin, Isaak Keuning, Karlee Lounsberry, Elissa McIsaac, Lana McKeown, Iris Michell, Addi Moyles, Mackenzie Norton, Savannah Paige, Dylan Phillips, Brooklynn Shulga, Isaac Smith, Daisy Sprung and Bailey Stewart. Principal Jennifer Slater and Vice-Principal Teri Cook were also present.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

EVENT: Trenton High rock band Muzikwerx concert, December 12, 2019

event flyerUpdated December 9, 2019 with a new date

December 5, 2019—Calling music fans of all ages and interests—check this out.

Trenton High School’s rock band Muzikwerx will perform an evening concert for the public.

DATE: Wednesday, December 12, 2019
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

The band and school choir will perform a wide range of music—from modern hits by the Jonas Brothers and Lil Nas X, to eighties tunes like Take On Me and Video Killed the Radio Star, as well as classic songs by Queen and The Beatles.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (under age 10 is free), available at the door.

All are to support music at Trenton High School.

For more information, please contact:
Trenton High School, [email protected] or 613.392.1227

How strong is a cardboard boat? These students found out

November 26, 2019—How strong is a cardboard boat? How is one built using only duct tape? Will it float with weight in it? Those are some of the questions secondary school students explored recently.

Students from Bayside Secondary School and Centennial Secondary School participated in the Skills Canada/Ontario Cardboard Boat Races.

Leading up to the November 26th competition, Grade 12 Physics students researched, designed, test-built and test-floated prototypes. On competition day, they transposed the small designs into full-scale models using only cardboard and duct tape as building materials. They had two hours to complete the build.

photo of students building the base of their cardboard boat
Students work together on the design and structure of their boat.

students working together measuring and taping their boat
Measurements are taken and duct tape applied. The more tape, the better…

group of students decorating their cardboard boat
A festive cardboard boat? Students add their creative touches to make their unique design even more unique!

students test their cardboard boats in the water
Students put their boats to the test. How far will boats float? How much weight will they hold?

Teams of four are provided all the necessary materials to build a boat in just two hours. Students must use their problem-solving, teamwork and design skills as they create a seaworthy structure

Teams were judged on the quality of construction, planning and design, safety and cleanliness, teamwork and team spirit, visual appeal and essential skills knowledge. Then they took to the pool for speed and a weight challenges.

The competition took place at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]


EVENT: IB and Foundations Information Session, November 25, 2019

November 15, 2019—Students and their parents/guardians are invited to an information session (Pdf) to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Foundations programs.


DATE: Monday, November 25, 2019
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

The Foundations and International Baccalaureate programs offer enriched educational environments through enhanced courses that stimulate curiosity and inquiry, fostering a spirit of discovery and an enjoyment of learning.

Find out more about Go to the website to learn more: http://www.ibo.org/benefits/

Applications for entry to the Grade 9, 10 and 11 programs will be available at this session.

For more information, please contact:
Eastside Secondary School, 613.962.8668 or [email protected]

PECI students participate in Local Government Week

October 21, 2019–This week is Local Government Week in Ontario and students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are eager to participate.

Two Grade 5 classes will visit the Prince Edward County municipality office, known as Shire Hall, on Thursday, October 24 for a hands-on learning experience.

In the morning, they will hear from municipal staff and participate in a Council-led activity. At 1:00 p.m., the students will present at the Committee of the Whole meeting to share their ideas about preparing for climate change and making the County a more livable community.

Watch the live stream online.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Harvest Festival celebration at Eastside Secondary School

October 21, 2019–Harvest Festival (Pdf) is an annual traditional celebration for Mohawk people. It takes place at Eastside Secondary School.

This event begins with the recognition of Onkwehonwe (original people) through a thanksgiving of all things in creation.Harvest Festival
From there, students will divide into clans and participate in the following activities:
  1. Corn Husk Doll Making
  2. History of Lacrosse
  3. How to play Lacrosse
  4. Making Strawberry Drink
  5. History of Wampum Belts and the Mural in the Indigenous Gathering Space

The morning wraps up with a social celebration through traditional dancing and songs led by a singing group from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

DATE: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
TIME: 8:45 – 11:50 a.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

This event is organized and run by the Grade 9 Mohawk Language class with support from teachers Joe Brown and Matt Sager.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Students from Hermon PS to visit colleges, universities

September 25, 2019—Hermon Public School students are getting a glimpse into their future through a visit to Fleming College in Peterborough.

This stems from a unique practice that happens at the school every day. Every morning all, students and staff meet in the gym in a circle and talk about why they have come to school. Their answers are always that we are all here to work, learn and grow.

This year, they will be broadening their horizons to look beyond the school borders and community in order to see what might be waiting for students down the road. In support of this, students in Grades 4-6 will be participating in tours of various college and university campuses.

The first visit will be to Fleming College on October 1, touring the entire campus with a special tour of the new Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre where students train in carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and welding trades.

More visits will be scheduled during the school year.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Winning video by teacher Jay Noack garners $5,000 for Trenton High

June 28, 2019—Congratulations to Jay Noack, a teacher at Trenton High School who was the recipient of $5,000 from the McDougall Family Fund Contest.

Noack has already secured several thousand dollars for the school through his ‘creativitis’ approach to teaching and learning. He has entered various contests by submitting videos illustrating his work with students and his ideas still to come.

cheque presentation photo
Jay Noack, a teacher at Trenton High School is pictured with Caley Weese from McDougall Insurance. Noack was a recipient of $5,000, on behalf of the school, by submitting the winning video in the Family Fund Contest.

National initiative leads to ReconciliACTION at Bayside Secondary School

June 4, 2019—Students at Bayside Secondary School are caring citizens who are taking action as part of a national initiative.

On May 24, 2019, approximately 80 students took part in the nationally recognized “Project of Heart,” an inquiry-based, hands-on project that reveals truth about the history and legacy of Canada’s Indigenous people.

Students painted wooden tiles to commemorate the thousands of Indigenous children who died as a result of their experiences at  Indian residential schools after being taken from their homes, many as young as five years old. The edges of each tile are painted black to represent the mourning of children who lost their lives during this tragic time in history. Each tile projects a word or a symbol to offer healing and reconciliation to the families and communities to whom these children belonged.

Students from six English classes, plus a group of Grade 12 students who took Indigenous Studies last semester, engaged in this painting project with meaning and purpose, many feeling compelled to explain the significance of their tiles and paint more. Project of Heart has definitely contributed to enriching the school culture at Bayside Secondary School, as well as furthering students’ understanding and creating empathy for the devastating history of Indigenous people.

This hands-on project has allowed students to become a part of the reconciliACTION process which calls Canadians to action, through social justice endeavors, to change our present and future history collectively. With over 500 tiles painted, this beautiful mosaic will form a new tabletop in the BSS parlour, a meeting place where people come together to solve problems and resolve and reconcile differences on a regular basis.

On May 31, 2019, students attended a presentation by Tanya Maracle-King, Odawa, Crane Clan and member of Wikwemkoong First Nation. Maracle-King is a legacy, a child of IRS survivors, who has given numerous presentations around the topic of residential schools and is well versed in many areas involving First Nations people. Students took part in a smudging ceremony to begin the morning, and had an opportunity to ask Maracle-King questions and hear her stories before they presented her with their tiles as a gift of recognition.

Tanya Maracle-King, Odawa, Crane Clan and member of Wikwemkoong First Nation, presented to students, sharing about being a child of Indian residential school survivors.

close-up of the painted tiles
Students painted wooden tiles to commemorate the thousands of Indigenous children who died as a result of their experiences at  Indian residential schools.

painted tiles arranged on a table top
With over 500 tiles painted, this beautiful mosaic will form a new tabletop in the Bayside Secondary School parlour, a meeting place where people come together to solve problems and resolve and reconcile differences on a regular basis.

group photo of students who participated in Project of Heart
These students participated in Project of Heart at Bayside Secondary School.


For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Last updated: September 26, 2022 at 9:57 am
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